Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was leading Democrat Gretchen Driskell with 58 percent of the vote to 37 percent in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District with about half the votes counted.
Libertarian Ken Proctor rounded out the vote with about 5 percent.
Walberg has held his position since 2010. He was first elected in 2006 but lost his seat for one term in 2008. Walberg, a native of Chicago who worked as a steel worker before attaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees, campaigned on “encouraging job creation and economic growth, fiscal responsibility, affordable health care” and small government.
Gretchen Driskell has been serving communities in Michigan since she moved to Saline in 1988, holding a position on Saline’s City Council as well as being the city’s first female mayor. She was mayor for 14 years. She currently serves as State Representative for Michigan’s 52nd house district and is running against Tim Walberg and Ken Procter for Michigan’s 7th congressional district.
Driskell’s campaign concentrated on revitalizing Michigan’s 7th district by emphasizing small business and community-focused economic growth. She has also spoken out against Walberg’s upport of foreign trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Proctor is a U.S. Army veteran who served as became a visual tracker on a combat tracker team in Vietnam, where he was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. After the military, he worked for GM for 35 years. He has previously sought U.S. House seats and ran for Michigan governor in 2010.